The Bird Watchers of India
Bird Photography or Birding or Bird watching is an extremely strenuous hobby and inevitably the one thing that birding enthusiasts do not lack is patience. Patience is the key to capturing these swift and lively creatures. Because unlike the large animals, who rest and give photographers a break to capture them, these rapid creatures are easy to miss within the blink of an eye. Making it all the more difficult to capture them. Hence, you wait, patiently for the perfect shot!
The photographers showcased are more aptly, thus called as Bird Watchers (Ornithologists) by us. And here’s a tribute to their hard and extremely talented work. Enjoy the birdies at action!
Pradipta Roy Chowdhury
This was clicked in Manglajodi, Odisha. Whiskered terns have a very interesting dive and fishing pattern. The splash and the catch is something every birder thinks about. Action always creates impact.
The first and foremost challenge in my view will be the physical toll due to travel, carrying the gears, keeping hands absolutely steady etc. Spotting birds in their habitat are sometimes very difficult I’ll say. Finding the proper light, background etc, these calls can be challenging as well. But despite all this, the biggest hurdle is presenting a subject in a different way to create something unique.
Lens Used – 320mm,f6.3, iso 500, ss 1/1600
On this day I went to birding like any other day to the nearby lake. I have already sighted that this lake has two common kestrel female and one male. I was watching one female kestrel which is 30 meters away from me and I wanted to take some action shots.
Suddenly this kestrel made a quick jump and got this small bird and came back sat on the same perch. I captured a few shots before the kestrel started eating the full bird.
Location: Madurai, Tamilnadu.
Camera used Nikon D750, D5, 600mm FL lens.
Birding is one of the most interesting and challenging genre of photography due to the sheer fact that birds are all of different size and shapes, they are quick and super fast in their actions and there are thousands of species all around us which has a different behavioural pattern. However, its one of the most expensive genre due to the exorbitant cost of long lenses. Nevertheless, birding requires huge patience, very high level of concentration, extreme proactiveness We need to study different behavioural habits of birds to take even a single decent picture. The challenge increases if the size of the birds reduces. Few points to keep in mind while taking pictures of birds are –
- look for synchronization, pattern
- watch out for actions
- ensure uncluttered background
- pick up only 1 -2 birds in such scenario avoid too many to reduce distraction
All pictures are taken by Nikon D4S, D700 with 200-500 F5.6 Nikon tele lens. A typical setting is F5.6 – 7.1-8, with shutter of 1/1600-1/2500-1/3200 (for flying), mostly with -0.3 EV, WB on auto or daylight mode, ISO on auto, with continuous autofocus tracking for flying birds and single point or group focus points for others
This is an environmental frame of Red Munia/Red Avadavat which was clicked on an early morning of September at Rajarhat Wetland, Kolkata.
There were lots of catkins (During autumn) and I thought the contrast between white bush and red bird will be more beautiful and distinct in the habitat frame than in a close-up frame.
Device used – Canon EOS 77D with canon 55-250mm Lens. (Exif – Shutter 1/640 Sec, Aperture f/5.6 & ISO 800)
I am a self-taught photographer who quit a promising career to follow my passion. I have been a working photographer for over 8 years now and has worked on different kind of assignments. My avid interest in nature and wildlife photography has led me to capture mesmerizing moments of wildlife.
Founder: Nature Through My Lens & Unique Through My lensOwner: SS Studios
As a professional photographer, I have worked on the sets of Kannada Movie – Manasina Mareyali and across numerous wedding events, corporate events, parties, and candid photo shoots, kids photoshoots etc.
Location: Nandi Hills, Bangalore. Camera: Canon 600D, Lens: EFS 55-250
These photographs were shot within a radius of five kilometres of Mandvi beach in Kutch District of Gujarat State of India immediately after sunrise.
As these birds are sensitive, I stayed overnight, even in the chilling cold, near the location, kept noiseless distance, yet, being in the range of its vision to able to shoot its particular movements. Sometimes, I had to crawl on the ground to keep them unaware of my presence.
I used my cameras Canon 7D with Sigma lens 150 – 500 MM and Nikon D 750 with Nikor 200 – 500 MM.
But, ultimately I enjoyed when I captured their movements in my cameras
Black Eagle is a resident bird but very rarely seen in our Jhargram. The photos were captured at Brindabanpur, near Jhargram, West Bengal. I have used Canon 7D Mark II with 100-400 is ii lens. Photographing birds at Jhargram is not an easy task as the number of these rare birds are very minimum in this area and I have to overcome the fear of wild animals like Elephant and Indian Grey Wolf as they are resident here.
SPECIES NAME – ORIENTAL WHITE EYE (Bengali – শ্বেতাক্ষী/চশমা পাখি)
HOW AND WHERE – I capture the photo of this bird from Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary Kolkata. Sudden this small bird was coming for their bath, at this time I take this photo.
DEVICE – Nikon Coolpix P900
DIFFICULTIES – These birds are very crazy, sensitive and moving very fast. So, it’s very difficult to take a good uncommon pose of this bird.
LOCATION SETTINGS OF MY CAM – Bird watching mode
Hi I am Sohisnu Sarkar, a 23 year old photography enthusiast from Kolkata. This shot was captured with a Nikon D7000 camera with f/7.1, 1/3200.
Hats off to all your efforts and we truly appreciate your endeavour.
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Cover pic by Dilipsinh Chudasama
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